Walmart shoplifter tased after allegedly assaulting police officers

Oct 21, 2021

A suspected shoplifter was tased by Dartmouth Police Wednesday after allegedly assaulting three officers.

Police were called at approximately 1:15 p.m. to a reported shoplifting at the Walmart located at 506 State Road.

The Walmart Loss Prevention team told police the suspect fled the store before police arrived.

Upon viewing an image of the suspect, a Dartmouth detective identified him as Joshua Audette, 30, of President Avenue, Fall River.

Later in the day, police said detectives observed Audette as a passenger in a vehicle operating on State Road. After the vehicle was stopped, Audette allegedly became combative and  assaulted three officers.

The suspected shoplifter was stunned by an electronic control device as a result.

Audette was charged with shoplifting, resisting arrest, and three counts of assault and battery on a police officer.

One of the officers was treated at the hospital for minor injuries sustained from the altercation.